VIENNA (Sep. 21)
Austrian authorities have set up a special anti-terrorist, force amid reliable reports that the world-wide sought terrorist “Carlos” spent several days in neighboring Yugoslavia.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the Austrian government received solid information that Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez alias “Carlos,” who masterminded the bloody terrorist attack against an OPEC oil ministers conference here last Dec. 21, was staying in Yugoslavia. Yugoslav officials, however, denied these reports, the spokesman added.
Austrian authorities stepped-up controls at the border crossing points and announced that a special anti-terrorist force was ready for action. The force consists of 30 policemen trained in the use of infra-red guns and explosives. They were also taught by psychologists how to deal with terrorists and drilled in hostage-rescue-operations.
Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, who twice had given in to terrorist demands, told journalists “We will not try to spare the lives of terrorists. A rescue operation by force can never be excluded.” he said. “But we are determined to protect the lives of innocent civilians.” Krotsky added.